Too much left unresolved, let down by the ending.
- Mulholland Drive review by Alain
First of all the talents of David Lynch in this film are undeniable. The whole thing is a great display of originality and art, and beautifully shot. As the plot thickens and the story develops the viewers are left desperate to know what is going on and therein lies the biggest weakness of the film. The last 20 minutes do nothing to resolve anything, quite the opposite actually. Not sure if the whole thing is strung together by a supernatural explanation, or is it a mental disorder? Either way we can't be left speculating that much. An open ending is fine and often thought provoking but in this case it seems the director didn't have an ending or a resolution and couldn't explain it himself.
OR, maybe I'm just too dumb. Either way that left me feeling a bit irritated.
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A very weird film that is nevertheless fascinating
- Mulholland Drive review by Philip in Paradiso
This is very odd and rather unique film. On one level, it feels unfinished and gives you clues but no clear meaning or ending. One could argue the characters are not all developed and meaningful. It is frustrating and confusing. You would want it to be more linear and also there seems to be 2 plots, not one, and the link between the 2 is not clear at all, and the idea that some of it may be a dream only helps up to a point.
On the other hand, it is visually and musically amazing and mind-blowing, because the director is, in his own way, an artist and a genius. There is menace and mystery, mixed with a thriller-type sub-plot and enigma. Mostly, what fascinates is the rapport between the 2 heroines, who are stunningly beautiful. This turns the movie into some sort of dark, mysterious erotic thriller.
On balance, I recommend it, and it will make you wonder for days afterwards what this or that scene meant, and so on: not so many films do. And, after all, real life is a bit like that: we rarely have a linear plot we are able to follow...
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